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Old 03-11-2009, 07:14 AM   #1
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John Hopkins has given his first public comments following Kawasaki's January withdraw from MotoGP.

Hopper should have been starting his second MotoGP season with Team Green in 2009, alongside new team-mate Marco Melandri, but has been left in a precarious position by Kawasaki's change of plans.

Whilst Melandri was subsequently named as the sole rider for the new, unofficial, Hayate Racing Team entry - which Kawasaki has been persuaded to support - the #21's future remains unknown.

However, writing on his official website, the 25-year-old explained his silence and told fans to expect a “big treat” when he does reveal his plans.

“I have been under STRICT instruction from my management not to comment on anything or talk of any plans from here… but I will give you my word right here and now I promise you all, as payback for your support, as soon as i get the go ahead on what I can do and say this page will have the first press release from myself!

“It seems that anything I say can be twisted or manipulated in the media, so I am choosing to not say much to avoid any confliction or drama. I appreciate all of you that support me, you are true die hards and that's awesome. All I will say is, you are all in for big treat!”

Hopkins, who made his MotoGP debut with Red Bull Yamaha in 2002, rode for Suzuki from 2003-2007 - culminating in his first four podiums and fourth overall in the 2007 MotoGP World Championship.

Hopper then moved to Kawasaki, where a disappointing, injury-interrupted season resulted in a best race finish of fifth and just 16th place in the final 2008 standings.
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so.........is it Hopper or Hopkins. I'm confused.
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so.........is it Hopper or Hopkins. I'm confused.
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Come back? Come back to what? Mediocrity? Hopper is a -poor development rider and sub-par world level performer. Four podiums in seven seasons (2002-2008) with no wins? Geez. (Yes, I know he's been injured a time or three, but that's what cortizone injections are for .) His move to Kawasaki was a clear indicator of where he was headed career-wise; Kawasaki MotoGP is where riders go before they retire. I think there's a reason beyond the global economy that he's out of a job in 2009. But, that said, he'd probably clean up if he returned to WSMC and a ran a few club races.
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Come back? Come back to what? Mediocrity? Hopper is a -poor development rider and sub-par world level performer. Four podiums in seven seasons (2002-2008) with no wins? Geez. (Yes, I know he's been injured a time or three, but that's what cortizone injections are for .) His move to Kawasaki was a clear indicator of where he was headed career-wise; Kawasaki MotoGP is where riders go before they retire. I think there's a reason beyond the global economy that he's out of a job in 2009. But, that said, he'd probably clean up if he returned to WSMC and a ran a few club races.


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Pos. Rider Num. Motorcycle Nation Team Points
1 Casey STONER 27 Ducati AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 367
2 Dani PEDROSA 26 Honda SPA Repsol Honda Team 242
3 Valentino ROSSI 46 Yamaha ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 241
4 John HOPKINS 21 Suzuki USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 189
5 Marco MELANDRI 33 Honda ITA Honda Gresini 187
6 Chris VERMEULEN 71 Suzuki AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 179
7 Loris CAPIROSSI 65 Ducati ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 166
8 Nicky HAYDEN 1 Honda USA Repsol Honda Team 127
9 Colin EDWARDS 5 Yamaha USA Fiat Yamaha Team 124
10 Alex BARROS 4 Ducati BRA Pramac d'Antin 115
11 Randy DE PUNIET 14 Kawasaki FRA Kawasaki Racing Team 108
12 Toni ELIAS 24 Honda SPA Honda Gresini 104
13 Alex HOFMANN 66 Ducati GER Pramac d'Antin 65
14 Carlos CHECA 7 Honda SPA Honda LCR 65
15 Anthony WEST 13 Kawasaki AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 59
16 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 Yamaha FRA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 50
17 Shinya NAKANO 56 Honda JPN Konica Minolta Honda 47
18 Makoto TAMADA 6 Yamaha JPN Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 38
19 Kurtis ROBERTS 80 KR212V USA Team Roberts 10
20 Roger Lee HAYDEN 95 Kawasaki USA Kawasaki Racing Team 6
21 Michel FABRIZIO 84 Honda ITA Honda Gresini 6
22 Fonsi NIETO 11 Kawasaki SPA Kawasaki Racing Team 5
23 Olivier JACQUE 19 Kawasaki FRA Kawasaki Racing Team 4
24 Kenny ROBERTS JR 10 KR212V USA Team Roberts 4
25 Nobuatsu AOKI 9 Suzuki JPN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 3
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He was fast that season, but only had one podium. (He did have a broken wrist that season, though.)
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He was fast that season, but only had one podium. (He did have a broken wrist that season, though.)
maybe if we breack is wrist he will ride good again?
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He was fast that season, but only had one podium. (He did have a broken wrist that season, though.)
so I think the boy deserves some credit

He left Suzuki because
a) they offerred him a deal that would make him the 2nd highest salaried earner in motogp
b) he was that Vermulan was getting what he saw as preferential treatment
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so I think the boy deserves some credit

He left Suzuki because
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b) he was that Vermulan was getting what he saw as preferential treatment
I agree with Grincy on this one. Consistency wins Championships, and while he hasn't had "the big win," he has proven he can consistently finish in the top 5. He is an exceptional rider who got shafted this season. I could see him ending up on a Duc satelite team or in Toselands seat.
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He was fast that season, but only had one podium. (He did have a broken wrist that season, though.)
I'm guessing you're the type of person that thought Hayden's championship was bunk because he didn't win enough races too, huh?
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I agree with Grincy on this one. Consistency wins Championships, and while he hasn't had "the big win," he has proven he can consistently finish in the top 5. He is an exceptional rider who got shafted this season. I could see him ending up on a Duc satelite team or in Toselands seat.
Now don't go taunting Mr Grinch with statements like that you colonist!

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I'm guessing you're the type of person that thought Hayden's championship was bunk because he didn't win enough races too, huh?
A lot of people think that because he didn't win enough races that his Championship was "bunk". However in this conversation, and in the example Racer997 is using, he's talking about "podiums", not wins.
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A lot of people think that because he didn't win enough races that his Championship was "bunk". However in this conversation, and in the example Racer997 is using, he's talking about "podiums", not wins.

Obviously. However, if finishing 4th without "enough" podiums makes him subpar, than its not a stretch to say that winning the championship without "enough" wins is subpar as well.
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I think hopper will get a chance showcase his abilitys regardless of where he is as far as motogp or wsbk or where ever. All his years have been riddled with injuries but has great potential on being in the front. His previous years were subpar due to what he was on and injuries. I mean stoner sucked his rookie year but got some better equipment and now look at that little
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A lot of people think that because he didn't win enough races that his Championship was "bunk". However in this conversation, and in the example Racer997 is using, he's talking about "podiums", not wins.

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Well, it worked for Schwantz.

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so I think the boy deserves some credit

He left Suzuki because
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b) he was that Vermulan was getting what he saw as preferential treatment
Agreed that those were good reasons to leave.

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I'm guessing you're the type of person that thought Hayden's championship was bunk because he didn't win enough races too, huh?
First, I have never thought Hopper was a world caliber rider. I thought he lucked into the rided at Red Bull WCM in 2002 because Peter Clifford needed someone young to groom on the 500s and build into the next gen US star. Hopper had a few moments, but wasn't that shinning star Clifford was hoping for. Hopper was young, inexpesive, and showed some promise since he had two AMA championships thus he was a decent choice for this kind of pathway. His spotty performances on his bikes over the seasons, especially when others on the same team had the occassional moment in the spotlight, didn't do much to further his cause.

Second, I am okay with a rider who is consistent and contends for wins. Ben Bostrom won the AMA Superbike championship in 1998 without winning a race, but he was on the podium all the time. That was fine with me. Similarly, Hayden as there all season in 2006, leading most of the season until the Pedrosa incident. When Rossi fell off in the next race, the season returned to homestasis. Also, Hayden has three premier class wins in a far shorter tenure in the premier class than Hopper. That means something. Now you could say that Hopper has had less than top-flight bikes and teams, and I would agree to a point, but then you'd be agreeing with me on some level, too.

Third, I know Hayden well enough for him to remember me from his formative years in the CMRA. I have also met Hopper a few times. I'll stop right there, but I will say that maybe, just maybe, this has something to do with my opinion on both personally and professionally.

Lastly, I'm thinking you're the type of person that doesn't really know racing. And since you didn't know Hopper and Hopkins were the same person, I am thinking I am right.
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Not to be an azzhat or anything like that. I rooted for him in his races, and I really like the guy.
But really, in the eyes of the public at large, anything beyond top 3 is somewhat irrelevant. You don't often see the battle for places outside top 3; you might, but only when 1 and 2 and 3 are clearly decided.

I'd really like to get as many American riders in MotoGP and WSBK as possible so I'm hoping they'll find a way for him to ride.
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I really hope he does! Firstly cause hes a BA and secondly, like philipx said, I want as many american riders in there as we can get!

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Come back? Come back to what? Mediocrity? Hopper is a -poor development rider and sub-par world level performer. Four podiums in seven seasons (2002-2008) with no wins? Geez. (Yes, I know he's been injured a time or three, but that's what cortizone injections are for .) His move to Kawasaki was a clear indicator of where he was headed career-wise; Kawasaki MotoGP is where riders go before they retire. I think there's a reason beyond the global economy that he's out of a job in 2009. But, that said, he'd probably clean up if he returned to WSMC and a ran a few club races.
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